Newsletter Sunday December 2nd, 2018

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (C)

Today’s Theme: Our Liberation From Fear


Fear is the most crippling of all the emotions and there are many things in life and in the world that make us afraid. We lack integrity because we are afraid to be ourselves. But today we lift up our souls to Christ who comes to deliver us from fear. We can stand erect, hold our heads high, and dwell in confidence.

First Reading: Jeremiah 33: 14-16. Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:2-4:2.
 Gospel: Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Please note the new time for weekday mass is 10am

Saturday 1stDecember   10.00am       Maureen Ribbins RIP (Marlene Burt)
                                           6.00pm       Angela Cox RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 2ndDecember      8.30am       Fr Ernest RIP (Ed and Sheila Jones)
                                           10.30am      Bill Keefe RIP (Iris and Family)

Monday 3rdDecember     9.30am       Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                           10.00am     Intentions of Bro. Martin Mikuskiewicz (Burke Family)

Tuesday 4thDecember     7.00pm      In thanksgiving (Tony Frake)
     Adoration and Our Lady’s and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 5th December          9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                           10.00am      Intentions of Ron and Joan Aspeek (Tony Frake)

Thursday 6thDecember    9.00am       Eucharistic Service

Friday 7th December       9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                           10.00am      Intentions of David and Maureen Watkins
                                                          (Tony Frake)

Saturday 8thDecember    10.00am     Holy Souls
                                           6.00pm       Ann Turp RIP (Turp Family)

Sunday 9thDecember       8.30am       Parishioners
                                           10.30am       Pop and Mam de Groen Family and Friends
                                                          (Angela Chard)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 10.30am (following Mass) and Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass).

ANNIVERSARIES: Rita Marsh, Sylvia Ann D’Rozario, John Flewitt, Mary Anne Lee, Jennifer North.

FEAST DAYS: Monday, St Francis Xavier, Priest. Tuesday, St John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Wednesday, St John Almond, Martyr. Thursday, St Nicholas, Bishop. Friday St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Saturday The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones,  John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal,  Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski,  Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric and Iris May,  Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Peter Dent, Ray Smith, Teresa Fan, Tommy Otte, Christine Hand, Fr John Diver, Sr Angela, Marion Hams and David Rogers.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £456.80, Loose £200.23, Total £657.03. Second Collection (Catholic Youth Work) Gift Aid £149.72, Loose £90.27, Total £239.99.
This week’s Retiring Collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.
Next week’s Retiring Collection is for AIC Saturday Friends.

ROTAS: Readers:Saturday 6pm Peter Harrix. Sunday 8.30am Larissa O’Halloran; 10.30am Tilly and Ella. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Ann Harris. Sunday 8.30am Bridie. 10.30am Kathy, Margaret, Patricia, Dorothy, Paul (Host).Collector 8.30am Mass:Mrs M Weeks. Front of Church:. John Stanton Typing Newsletter:.Graziella Highland Photocopying Newsletter:Calen Delpaul. Washing of Purificators: Kathy.

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Christmas is coming! Everyone is welcome to join Churches Together in Old Bexley singing carols outside Blossoms Flower Shop in Bexley High Street on Wednesday 12thDecember, 6-7pm. Please come and support us as we sing out the joy of Christ in Christmas.       Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact

SVP HAMPERS: If you know of someone locally who would find it helpful to have a little extra for Christmas, please post a note through the Parish House door marked ‘SVP Hampers’

ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEAR FAMILY DISCO, 8pm-1pm: Bring you own nibbles. Bar open. Tickets only. £12 per adult, £1 per child.    Contact Noel McCarthy on 07813 890556, 0208 301 2479.

AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS: As we begin our Advent preparation and make our Christmas plans with friends and family, it has been traditional in our parish also to take time to consider some of those less fortunate. Next weekend, 8/9thDecember, our AIC ‘Saturday Friends’ group will make their annual appeal on behalf of homeless people. We hope to explain what, with your generous help, has been achieved this past year – and what, with continued help, can be done in 2019

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2019. Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the church (porch) or please see Angela Underwood. If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme please speak to Father Doug. Completed application forms must be returned no later than 23rdDecember 2018. The programme will commence on Sunday 13thJanuary 2019. The First Holy Communion Service will be held on Sunday 9thJune 2019. Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates including parents meetings will follow soon. Finally, we really do need new volunteers to help run the programme. If you are interested in helping our children prepare for this special sacrament please speak to Angela Underwood.

MICHAEL’S NEW YEAR LUNCH: Michael hopes to organise a lunch on 5thJanuary at 1pm and invite representatives from around the borough to promote social cohesion. He recently received a Faith in the Community Award and attributes it to all who helped him run last year’s lunch. If you can help this year by providing Shepherd’s Pie or Irish Stew, or by helping out on the day, please let him know by signing up on the clipboard in the porch.

DEEP CLEAN: The kitchen is going to have a deep clean in late December (around 19th). Could parishioners make sure that they remove any plates etc before that date as they will be taken away otherwise. Also, any other equipment which needs to be removed.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT before the 10am Masses. Begins with the Church’s New Year in Advent: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am.

AILEEN BECKWITH RIP: Sadly, Aileen passed away on 17thNovember. Please remember her husband Brian and family in your prayers. Aileen’s Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Fisher on Monday 17thDecember at 12 noon.

SR ANGELA WOOTTON, our beloved former parish Sister, sends her warmest Advent greetings to all her friends at St John Fisher Church. Sr Angela would like to remind everyone that she still lives at 83 Watling Street, Bexleyheath (tel: 01322 528408), is delightedto receive visitors (take a Parish Newsletter!) and that parking is easy.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING FINALE: Wednesday 5thDecember: Outstanding movie on the life of St Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers (aka Dominicans), as he struggles to find a cure for the infestation of despair in his homeland. Later, in offering his life in the service of the Church, he is exposed to the greater perils of skewed Christian doctrines, which the Cathari professed to dying people. Bar open, Christmas charity stall, subtitles. All welcome, admission free, 7pm for 7.30 pm start.